Donning trousers and a jacket, Manju Devi, sits on the seat of a steam-winding engine with confidence. Her 8 am shift has begun, but the petite frame of the 38-year-old and mother of four shows little hesitancy. So what if she is the only woman in the West colliery of the Chanch Victoria Area of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL). She says, “I am the first woman to operate the winding engine.”
Munna Devi is a shovel operator with Ena Project of BCCL’s Kustore Area. She says, “It is like any other job, I have been doing it since the past nine years”. She appreciates the cooperation of her male colleagues, and cannot forget in particular the role of her project manager who had groomed her.
Equally inspiring is the story of Usha Baorin, yet another shovel operator in the South Tisra Colliery of Lodna Area of BCCL. She says, “My daughter also wants to take up this profession. However, I want her to complete her graduation first, she will not remain illiterate like me.”
According to TP Shaw, personnel manager, BCCL and coordinator, women in Public Sector says, “These women have set examples in the coal industry.”